Argentines hoping for Messi-Guardiola reunion at City

THE news that Lionel Messi wants to leave Barcelona may have shocked the football world but his fellow Argentines back his decision and they are excited by growing reports of a reunion with coach Pep Guardiola at Manchester City. One of Argentina’s top newspapers reported that Messi believes his time in Barcelona is over and […]

The ‘Atomic Flea’ bomb: top European clubs circle as Messi calls time at Barcelona

SIX-TIME Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi has told Barcelona he wants to leave in a “bombshell” fax that is expected to spark a legal battle over a buy-out clause worth hundreds of millions of dollars and a fight from top European clubs eager to sign up the Argentinian. Signalling the end of an era at […]

Priti Patel calls for crackdown on racist abuse in football

UK home secretary Priti Patel on Wednesday (29) issued a call for social media companies to rid their platforms of racism after hearing about the real life impact on footballers who are targeted with racist abuse, both on and off the pitch. During a visit to Wembley Stadium in London ahead of the FA Cup […]

Former England keeper James eyes coaching role in England

FORMER Liverpool and England goalkeeper David James says lockdown has given him plenty of time to indulge in his passion for art and also plot a move into management. The 49-year-old, capped 53 times, cut his managerial teeth with Kerala Blasters in south India, but now believes it is time to look closer to home. […]

Former England footballer wants 30 per cent BAME representation at top levels of UK Sport

FORMER England soccer international Eniola Aluko has called for an increase in Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) racial diversity at the top level of UK Sport to 30 per cent. The lack of ethnic minority representation in national sports governing bodies has come to light through the Black Lives Matter movement in recent weeks. A report […]

Chhetri motivated to keep going, “very valuable” to youngsters: Stimac

Indian football head coach Igor Stimac feels that talismanic captain Sunil Chhetri is motivated enough to keep going and remains “very valuable” for guiding the national team youngsters. During a recent interview, the 35-year-old Chhetri had said that he is fitter than ever and is not going away anytime soon, putting to rest speculations around […]

The billionaire, Bollywood and the future of Indian football

A storm could be brewing in India’s top-flight football, a glamorous and acrimonious world that encompasses Asia’s richest man, the cream of Bollywood and a self-styled former gangster. Mukesh Ambani, the billionaire tycoon who commands the Reliance Industries corporate empire that owns the Indian Super League, is facing pushback to his family’s dominance from some […]

India among five nations interested in hosting 2027 Asian Cup

INDIA is one of five nations to have expressed an interest in hosting the 2027 Asian Cup, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) said on Wednesday (1). Qatar, the reigning champions and 2022 World Cup hosts, is also interested in hosting the continental championship, as are regional football powerhouses Iran and Saudi Arabia, and Uzbekistan. “The […]

Rashford has shown football can be an ‘important vehicle for good’, says UEFA chief

MARCUS RASHFORD was lauded by UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin on Wednesday (17), after the Manchester United star forced the British government to change a policy on providing free school meals to children. Speaking after a UEFA meeting to decide on the format of the latter stages of this season’s suspended Champions League and Europa League, […]

Chhetri was one of those who glorified Indian football: Stimac

National team head coach Igor Stimac on Sunday hailed Sunil Chhetri, saying the talismanic captain was one of those who “glorified” Indian football with his dedication in the 15 years of his illustrious career. The 35-year-old Chhetri on Friday became only the second Indian after legendary Bhaichung Bhutia to complete 15 years in Indian jersey. […]